Wednesday 17 July 2019 ,
Wednesday 17 July 2019 ,
Latest News
  • Ecnec clears 8 projects involving Tk 5,142 cr
  • Ershad’s 4th namaz-e-janaza held in Rangpur
  • HSC, equivalent results tomorrow
  • Ensure paddy procurement directly from farmers: Minister
  • Flood situation turns worse in five districts
  • Supply of sacrificial animals adequate: Number of cattle goes down by 1.5 lakh from last year
  • Rohingya crisis: ICC team in city
  • Rifat's wife Minni interrogated
  • ‘Drug trader’ killed in Rajshahi ‘gunfight’
27 June, 2019 12:28:36 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 27 June, 2019 02:45:04 PM
Print

No e-passport from July

Deepak Acharjee, Dhaka
No e-passport from July

The Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP) is not ready to launch e-passports from next month despite its frenetic efforts to do so. According to DIP sources, the authorities are yet to complete the integration and migration of the data system for such e-passports.

In fact, they are yet to complete the installation of two server rooms—one is Dhaka and another in Jessore—to restore the required data of all passport holders. The banking is yet to be integrated with five private banks to collect fees online for e-passports from applicants.

However, the finance ministry has advised the DIP to use the e-challan of the A2i project to collect the fees. At the same time, the Security Service Division of the home ministry has not yet received clearance from the Finance Division to issue a statutory regulatory order (SRO) of the passport rules to issue e-passports for 10 years instead of the existing tenure of five years.

Sources said that the authorities concerned are yet to fix the fees for e-passports. The Security Service Division has recommended the fees and sent a proposal to the Finance Division for approval. But the Finance Division is yet to approve the recommendation.

DIP officials said since more time will be needed to complete the technical work, it is impossible to introduce e-passports within July. DIP director general Maj Gen Md Shohail Hossain Khan declined to make any comment on the matter.

When contacted, Brig Gen Saidur Rahman Khan, director of the ‘Introduction of e-Passport and Automated Border Control Management in Bangladesh’ project,  told The Independent that they are working seriously to introduce e-passports on time.

“We want to issue e-passports after completion of all the required work. We want to provide a better passport book to the people,” he said. Talking to The Independent, Mohammed Azharul Huq, additional secretary (security and immigration wing) of the Security Services Division of the home ministry, said they are waiting to get opinion from the Finance Division on issuing an SRO of the passport rules. “After receiving the Finance Division’s opinion, the draft passport rules would be sent to the law ministry for approval. Next, the Security Service Division will issue an SRO in this regard,” he added.

He expressed optimism that the process would be completed within this month. The sources said that the German passport-producing company Veridos GmbH is working to install software and establish data centres at the e-passport assembly plant in the city’s Uttara area.  It is working to introduce e-passports by July this year.

The authorities has set up three e-gates— two in the VVIP terminal and one in the VIP terminal at the Shahjalal International Airport. The sources claimed that it is now taking 21 second to complete the e-gate process.

However, Saidur Rahman Khan said that it is taking 15 seconds at the most to clear a passenger through the e-gate.

Earlier, in July last year, the DIP and Veridos GmbH had signed an agreement to implement the ‘Introduction of e-Passport and Automated Border Control Management in Bangladesh’ project. Maj. Gen. Md Masud Rezwan, then director General of DIP, and Hans Wolfgang Kunz, CEO of Veridos GmbH, signed the agreement in favour of their respective organisations.

Under the mega project worth Tk. 4,569 crore, the DIP will start issuing e-passports, instead of machine-readable passports (MRPs), with a 10-year validity.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with the German company during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to that country in February 2017.

Under the agreement, a passport booklet factory will be set up in Dhaka’s Uttara, where a six-storied printing building of the DIP has been constructed. As part of the proposed project, three crore e-passports would be made and distributed among the existing MRP owners in the country.

Under the project, the German company will set up the required equipment at all Bangladesh missions abroad and all passport offices in the country. It will also set up 50 e-gates at as many immigration points at every international airport, seaport and land port in the country.

The e-passport will be a biometric passport containing detailed features of the holder. It will have a microchip containing biometric information and the holder’s name, date of birth and other biographic information.

The home ministry committee has recommended the fixing of fees of e-passport in three categories—normal, urgent and very urgent with five to 10 years’ validity.

According to the recommendations, an applicant has to pay Tk. 3,500 for a normal passport of five-year validity and Tk. 5,500 for an urgent and Tk. 7,500 for a very urgent passport having 48 pages. If anyone asks for a 10-year passport of 48 pages, he/she has to cough up Tk. 5,000 for a normal passport, Tk. 7,000 for an urgent and Tk. 9,000 for a very urgent passport.

An applicant who wants a 64-page passport with a validity of five years has to pay Tk. 5,500 for a normal passport, Tk. 7,500 for an urgent and Tk. 10,500 for a very urgent passport. At the same time, an applicant seeking 10-year passport validity has to pay Tk. 7,000 for a normal passport, Tk. 9,000 for an urgent and Tk. 12,000 for a very urgent passport.

At least 118 countries, including India (only for diplomats and officials), China, Malaysia and the UAE, have already introduced

e-passports.

SR

 

Comments

Poll
Today's Question »
State minister for power Nasrul Hamid yesterday said everyone to have access to electricity by June. Do you think the feat achievable by the timeframe?
 Yes
 No
 No Comment
Yes 48.8%
No 47.2%
No Comment 4.0%
Video
More Bangladesh Stories
Wife Minni arrested over Rifat murder Aysha Siddika Minni was arrested yesterday night after police said she 'appeared to be involved' in the killing of her husband Rifat Sharif. She was arrested after nearly 12 hours of interrogation. In a statement, police super…

Copyright © All right reserved.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman

Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
....................................................
About Us
....................................................
Contact Us
....................................................
Advertisement
....................................................
Subscription

Powered by : Frog Hosting